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Hi Everybody! I have a little Christmas gift for anyone who’s been missing the blog posts between hikes. I recently did an interview with John Zahorian on The ROUTES Podcast. For those of you that are not familiar with John Z, he’s a reputable thru-hiker that has made quite the splash into the thru-hiking pool the last few years. John Z has a devoted following on Youtube, currently holds the Fastest Known Time for an unsupported hike of the Colorado Trail, is co-founder of the ultra-light Pa’lante Packs, and is the host of his latest venture, The ROUTES Podcast.
Here’s John explaining his intentions with The ROUTES Podcast when he launched it this past summer.
The tagline of The ROUTES Podcast is, “Meaningful conversations with hikers who venture off the beaten path.” There are many hiking podcasts out there, but I like John’s approach in talking more about the mental and emotional side of hiking than the trails themselves. He’s interested in what motivates hikers, the lessons they learn from going on long hikes, where their drive comes from, and what fuels the challenges they seek. I’ve done a few podcasts in the past, but I was happy to do this one that explored topics I’ve yet to discuss on other podcasts. Hope you all enjoy it and have a great holiday season!
You can listen to the embedded link below or download the podcast onto your device of choice. It is episode #6.
Thanks for the wonderful Christmas present. I really appreciated how opened you were on the podcast. I also liked that you were interviewing the interviewer, that made it more like a discussion.
Miss your blogs.
I listened to the interview yesterday, you’ve gained so much insight on who you are and what makes you tick since the PCT days. What a pleasure to see someone that has figured it out. I’ve also become a better person just from following your hikes over the years…. Hope you have a great Christmas and please take a look at the political situation there before taking off. China and India are not in a good way right now in that region. Take Care
Yes, I knew this one would be best appreciated by those who have gone through this whole journey with me and seen it evolve. Who woulda thunk it…
Great Himalayan trail! Great choice.You’ll love it. Just get ready for the crowds on some of the more established trails. Looking forward to your reports
Thanks for the link.. Interesting, for sure.
Thanks for the link I really enjoyed this.
On another note I have been meaning to ask for a while as to the brand of umbrella you use when hiking. You did make a mention of it whilst on the Te Araroa but I can’t find the reference.
If you ever wonder, I have links and details on my gear list tab. It used to be known as a GoLite Chrome Dome until they went out of business a few years ago. Now many of the cottage companies sell it. In Portland it can be found at the Mountain Shop, but for most, if you go to Gossamer Gear’s website, you’ll find it.
Thank you Erin.
And Erin will always know where to get the umbrella! She has to know ?
Haha, good one!
Wired, I hope the year is going well for you. I just finished listening to you on the Routes. It is a nicely produced concept and as always it was good to learn more about your evolution as an individual and a thru-hiker. It was great to hear your voice, which is the only thing that your blog does not often provide! Would be great to hear sound clips of you on a windy pass to transport your faithful audience to that time and space. Hummm….. Really looking forward to the Himalayan Trail.
As always, great to hear from you Jean! I do miss the videos I used to do along with the blog, but I don’t miss the time it took to do them;)
Very interesting blog chat. I think I’m a bit like you in that I’m also very obsessive. When I find something I like to do, I can put too much focus on it and wind up burning out. My first experience was in cycling where I did both road and mountain and one day I just didn’t want to get back on the bike. It was over. I moved my focus to surfing and did that for decades and then began to feel the same way. So I backed off alot and that has helped because when I do surf, maybe every few months, I still have fun and a drive to do it well. During this time I’ve been hiking and backpacking and I’ve also backed off some on that as well because I love it and don’t want for it to become a chore or just a downright bore. I’m hoping to do both of these sports until I’m just not able to be physically active anymore. And I really hope to enjoy them more in my retirement, which is around six years away. So, all this to say I understand your comments on “having” to do anything and your addictive personality. And I appreciate you sharing that and the insight your are gaining.
Thanks for the Christmas present. It was pretty awesome stuff!
Good to hear from you Warren! Yeah, I do wonder what other things may catch my eye in the future if it isn’t backpacking. Backpacking is pretty tough to beat!
I had stopped following your journey through Europe for several months (don’t know why) when I finally got back to John Z’s podcast and saw he had interviewed Wired! Awesome podcast and an awesome guest. I really enjoyed the interview. I know you just said above how you enjoyed his questions versus the standard questions about the trails you’ve hiked, but…what about doing an interview with Disco and POD on The Trail Show after you get back from the Himalayan Traverse? It would be a new one for their show, and I’m sure you would do a great job of describing it. Just a thought.
Good thought, and I do know them, but I tend to stay away from the “more beer, less gear” gatherings in the thru-hiking culture. Nothing against them. They have fun. Just not my comfort zone and we all know that:)